Ransom of 1.5 million USD requested for Shiraaz Mahomed.

Following the proof of life video that Gift of the Givers received from Shiraaz's captors in Syria on Friday, 26 April, they called this week to commence negotiations on the way forward. The demand for Shiraaz's release is 1.5 million USD. We made it clear that this was not possible. We stated that Shiraaz's family does not have the means, nor is Shiraaz the employee of a large corporate company that could assist with payment and the South African government will not pay. They said they giving us time to consider options.

In a subsequent conversation we said the figure was too high. They said it was negotiable. They called again on Thursday evening, they seemed anxious and said they need to conclude this deal urgently. The Russians were bombing South Idlib and North Hama very aggressively and they are afraid that Shiraaz could be killed in the bombing. We went to Shiraaz's family today to explain this new development and possible consequences. This is exactly what Shiraaz was afraid of in the video where he makes a plea for assistance to secure his release. Our hospital in Syria has confirmed that the bombing has increased substantially, that the medical administration in Idlib has requested Gift of the Givers Ar Rahma Hospital to be one of the facilities to be on standby to receive patients from a distance is 70km. We have received the first two patients yesterday.

We are currently engaging with religious leaders to provide letters requesting the unconditional release of Shiraaz immediately, to prevent a tragedy. We lost Pierre Korkie on the day that his release was secured, Stephen McGown's mother passed on one month before Stephen was released, we certainly don't want to live through another such incident.

Proof of Life Video Received for Shiraaz Mahomed

It has taken 2 years and 3 months but finally, Gift of the Givers has received proof of life for journalist Shiraaz Mahomed, who was abducted on 10 January 2017 in the vicinity of Gift of the Givers Ar Rahma Hospital in Darkoush, Syria. A photojournalist, with a passion to document the hardships of communities in distress, he wanted to narrate the tragedy of the Syrian people to the world through
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Gift of the Givers Shiraaz Mahomed Camp

Gift of the Givers Shiraaz Mahomed Camp
This is the Albunyan Almarsoos Camp now called the Gift of the Givers Shiraaz Mahomed Camp where Shiraaz Mahomed captured pictures of the Gift of the Givers team distributed Food Parcels, Cooked Meals and Kitchen Equipment.
 
Whilst this camp is dedicated to Shiraaz it's in honour of all journalists who have gone missing in Syria.

 
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Shiraaz Mahommed

Shiraaz Mahommed

Following the "capture" of Shiraaz Mahommed on Tuesday night in Darkoush one of our medical team members, Dr Ahmad Ghandour, was summoned to the Investigation Department of An Nusra (now Fath Al Sham), an ex Al Qaeda affiliate to answer questions on Shiraaz Mahommed. He met two armed in military uniform, their faces veiled, then was taken blindfolded to some area. He had to wait in isolation for

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